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CofE clergy pensions contribution raised to 45%

Updated Thursday evening

From this press release, Further update on the Clergy Pensions Scheme – Recession forces contribution increase.

“However the Pensions Board judged that on the basis of what is now known it could not responsibly leave the existing funding in place until 2011 when any changes to the contribution rate resulting from the next formal valuation would be implemented. The Board has therefore decided that the contribution rate will need to be increased from its current 39.7% to 45% of the pensionable stipend with effect from 1 January 2010.

Read the whole statement.

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Why are clergy pension plan contributions so very much higher than other final salary schemes? At our college, it makes no financial sense (not by a long shot) to pay into the clergy pension plan when we have other plans available (the USS scheme for universities). This is not a new problem: the contribution levels have been out of whack for years and years. Years ago we heard that the plan suffered from property investments, but that was before the latest property bubble, and this plan didn’t seem to reciver like the others….

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So…as dioceses fund pensions from parishes, and given a 20k£ baseline , and a 5.3% increase that is £1060 on the average parish share of a single stipend supporting parish, modified by the OXLIP/poverty factor.
Tell me I am wrong someone please.

Simon Sarmiento
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Joe Because they are calculated as a percentage of the stipend only, which is only part of the total remuneration received. The key element here is the value of the housing provided. Ordinary people are paid a salary, out of which they provide themselves with housing. And their pension contribution is calculated as a % of that salary. Oh, and the other reason is because it is a final salary scheme, where the employer is taking all the investment risk. In the outside world, such schemes are disappearing faster than you can count. And many of us never had them… Read more »

Joe
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Hi Simon, I realise that the 2/3rds of the minimum stipend is higher than the normal 40/80ths used in many final salary schemes, and also that the church pays the full whack (the clergy don’t contribute), but the pension is based only on the minimum national stipend, not on the actual stipend received and not on the value of the housing provided (though some clergy can ask for subsidized housing in retirement). The Universities Superannuation Service, with whom I have my pension (and which has only a small pension deficit after the downturn), provides 40/80ths at a cost of 6.35%… Read more »

Rev L Roberts
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Rev L Roberts

You won’t be surprised to know that the C of E explpoits, and treats retired ministers with even more contempt that serving ministers.

Imagine that

Neil Barber
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Neil Barber

dodgey_vicar, I do not know – perhaps someone more informed can explain – but I think you’re reading it right: the Dioceses seem to have just been given an increase in clergy costs of 5.3% from this coming January. Since I already have a draft Diocesan budget for 2010 in my hands for ratification at Diocesan Synod in two weeks, we live in interesting times. 🙁 Joe, I wonder if the real issue is the proportion of active members in the CofE scheme to retired members? 9000 active to 13000 retired sounds hard ratios. I think clergy stipends have risen… Read more »

Perry Butler
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Perry Butler

When I was ordained in 1980 I seem to remember the retirement benefits were 50% of minimum stipend. It was raised to two thirds in the mid 80’s I think. I hope a defined salary scheme will be kept however bad things get, perhaps with benefits reduced, perhaps to 60% of stipend.Clearly the C of E’s financial problems seem fairly critical if it is going to seek to keep as many full time clergy as it now has.How do you run a National church as a voluntary body without a european style church tax. I doubt it can be done,… Read more »